Friends’ publications


A new journal for members of the Friends. More information

The St Bride Notebook

Eric Ravilious cut 42 wood engravings for the Kynoch Press Notebook of 1933, delightful vignettes that stand among the beset of his engraved work. To celebrate the centenary of Ravilious’ birth, the Friends of the St Bride Printing Library have commissioned Incline Press to design and print a new edition of the engravings. In two editions: ‘A’ is unlimited and ‘B’ limited to 200 copies. More information

Conference proceedings

The proceedings of our annual conference are available on the conference page.

Other publications

Our first publication, Founder?s London A?Z, was a 32-page gazetteer to the City of London researched by the Friends, and with a foreword by the Bishop of London. Production was sponsored by The Cloister Press, Cambridge, and Smith Settle, Otley.

The Friends also organised the exhibition, Primitive Types at the Soane Museum, which was accompanied by the publication of a revised and enlarged edition of James Mosley?s The Nymph and the Grot. Production was sponsored by B.A.S. Printers of Over Wallop, Hampshire. Copies of both publications are available from the library.

The Nymph and the Grot

A new edition of the classic text on sanserif types. Published by The European Friends of the St Bride Printing Library.

The European Friends of St Bride Printing Library announce the publication of James Mosley?s The Nymph and the Grot as the accompanying volume to the Primitive Types exhibition at Sir John Soane?s Museum that ran 29 January?24 April 1999.

Extensively revised, the new edition enlarges on a ground-breaking article published by James Mosley in 1965 in Herbert Spencer?s legendary Typographica magazine. The author?s introduction to this new edition recalls the article?s genesis in the 1960s when, in England at least, sanserif types had only just achieved acceptance within the idiom of the ?modern? designer. Exploring the history of this primitive, elemental and universal letter, Mosley relates the history of sanserif to the history of art and of ideas, and uncovers its origins in the interests and enthusiasms of a select group of eighteenth-century antiquarians amongst whom the architect Sir John Soane was prominent. This edition, illustrated in colour and black and white, contains much new material, and compelling new evidence in support of the author?s original 1965 position. Copies are still available priced at 12.50.

Founder?s London A?Z

cover of Founders? London A?Z

Out of print. Published by The European Friends of the St Bride Printing Library. Researched by Justin Howes and Nigel Roche; designed by Justin Howes.

Presented to the Wynkyn de Worde Society, London, September 1998. Foreword by The Bishop of London, The Rt. Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres. The text is set in ITC Founder?s Caslon for presentation at the ATypI conference, October 1998. Download the text in Adobe PDF format.

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